Durban opens tour April 10.

British pop star Robbie Williams' biggest-ever world tour will visit South Africa and take in an extensive stretch across Europe, his record company EMI said today (Nov. 9).

The ABSA Stadium in Durban, South Africa will host the April 10 opening night of the tour, for which twenty-three dates have been confirmed. The run will culminate in a brace of concerts Sept. 14-15 at London's new 70,000-plus capacity Wembley Stadium. The venue is due to be completed by May 2006.

Williams' official ticket agent X-ray Touring today issued a warning on the heels of a rise in rogue ticket agencies boasting tour tickets for sale. "The public should watch out for unauthorized tickets and ticket agencies claiming to have tickets for these dates. If in doubt, contact the local promoter," says X-ray director Ian Huffam. Tour promoter is Metropolis.

Tickets go on general sale from Nov. 19. Subscribers to the "Inner Sanctum" of Williams' official Web site can buy pre-release tickets from Nov. 9.

Williams' current Chrysalis album "Intensive Care" last week opened at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 100 European Albums chart after bowing at the top in a string of Euro-markets. First-week continental European shipments topped 1.5 million units, according to EMI executives.